Yasir Turns The Tide For Pakistan


London: England were 253 for seven in reply to Pakistan’s first innings 339, a deficit of 86 runs, at the close of the second day of the first Test at Lord’s on Friday.

Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah, in his first Test since serving a three-month drugs ban — and first outside of Asia and the United Arab Emirates took five for 64 to get himself on the Lord’s honours board.

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It was the first time any leg-spinner had taken five or more wickets in a Test innings at Lord’s since his compatriot Mushtaq Ahmed, now on Pakistan’s coaching staff, returned second-innings figures of five for 57 against England in 1996.

Chris Woakes who’d earlier taken a Test-best six for 70, was 31 not out and Stuart Broad 11 not out at Friday’s close.

England captain Alastair Cook made 81 and in the process surpassed India great Sunil Gavaskar as the highest run-scoring opening batsman in Test history.